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035 Fixated

Here's the weekly Amazing Things & Ideas Newsletter which aims at making the reader a more rational thinker. As always, find one original idea from my side followed by the List.
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When you focus your eye onto the tip of your thumb, the surrounding environment goes out of focus and blurs.

The same thing happens when a person is thinking. When they're focused on one idea, everything else goes out of thought.

This can lead to catastrophe.

Like if you try crossing a busy road with your focus narrowed down onto your thumb, I may never hear from you again. 

Zoom out and take the "big picture" view. Look at problems from many angles and get a better understanding of them. 

Above all, don't be fixated.


The Amazing Things & Ideas List

  • On the real secret to feeling good about yourself:

    "The secret to feeling great about yourself is not to be found in searching for people who are less than you and then show yourself superior to them, but in searching for people who are more than you and then show yourself worthy of their company." — Erik Naggum

    If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room. Be in rooms where you can grow, not be admired.

    (Thanks to James Clear for sharing this through his 3-2-1 newsletter)

  • Robert Cialdini on scarcity affecting decisions:

    "Opportunities seem more valuable to us when their availability is limited.

    The idea of potential loss plays a large role in human decision making. In fact, people seem to be more motivated by the thought of losing something than by the thought of gaining something of equal value." 
    — Robert Cialdini

    This is why marketers use attention seeking messages like "EXCLUSIVE", "only 5 remaining!", "limited edition", etc.
  • A blog post that puts every hour with another human being into perspective: 
    The Tail End by Tim Urban (Wait But Why)

    Everyone knows we don't have enough time, although we forget it in the hassles of everyday living.

    But what we don't even realize is that most things in our life have reached their tail end.

    Read the post here.

  • A book on why it's rational to be an optimist:
    The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley

    This book argues why it's rational to be optimistic unlike the opposite way of thinking that has crept into human society at large. 

    It also mentions a crucial point about history that:

    what we tend to do as a species, as we progress, is to become more and more specialized in what we produce but more and more diversified in what we consume.

All articles posted on the blog this week:


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